which forms part of its charter to educate industry on the depth of product available in the Port Douglas
and Daintree region.
Together with Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef and Tourism Port Douglas Daintree
(TPDD), PDI welcomed eight professional conference organisers and one journalist to Port
Douglas for the four-day visit.
Hosted by Tara Bennett, tourism development executive at TPDD, the visit was aimed at showcasing both the region as well as the sensational business event offerings of PDI’s 13 members.
PDI chairperson Natalie Johnson said participants enjoyed the very best of the region including the Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver, the new Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre, a slippery encounter at the Wildlife Habitat and an awesome crocodile experience at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.
These experiences were coupled with the region’s ﬁnest off-site options including Flames of the Forest and Port Douglas Catering & Events, which both showcased the uniqueness and scope of the destination and the quality of experiences to be had.
“It’s all about working together to showcase our region. PDI is a proactive force when it comes to marketing Port Douglas as an innovative and unique destination speciﬁcally targeting business tourism events such as conferences, incentive travel, major events, corporate retreats and meetings,” she added.
Participants enjoyed accommodation at Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort, Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and QT Port Douglas. They were also treated to a riverside lunch at Silky Oaks Lodge and tropical breakfast at the boutique Thala Beach Lodge.
“We even called on some non-members to add some extra wow. This included a scenic ﬂight over the Great Barrier Reef with GBR Helicopters and a surprise adrenalin rush on the ﬁnal day with our good friend Grub from Grub’s Personalised Trike Tours. Sun Palm Transport also provided transfers throughout the region.”
“The annual educational provides an exceptional avenue in which to educate people who have the potential to bring conference and incentive groups into the region, as well as have a bit of fun,” Ms Johnson added.
Ms Johnson also believed it was a fantastic pre-cursor to the Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef trade event, Sell TNQ, which will be held in Port Douglas from November 1-4 this year.
One participant described her visit as a “a wonderfully organised and intelligently planned way for us to experience Port Douglas”.
For more information, please contact:
Tara Bennett Natalie Johnson
Business Development Manager Chairperson
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree Port Douglas Incentives
61 7 4099 4588 0418 611 861
Issued by Tanya Snelling, Strategic PR, 0417 202 663
About Port Douglas Incentives
Port Douglas Incentives is a self-funded, specialist advisory group of dedicated business tourism and events specialists with commercial interests and operations in the Douglas section of the Cairns Regional Council area.
The group formed in 1996 as a result of a collective determination to promote the Port Douglas and Daintree region based on its special and distinctive qualities both in terms of unique natural features, infrastructure, resources and personalities.
Port Douglas Incentives are a proactive force in marketing Port Douglas as an innovative and unique
destination speciﬁcally targeting Business Tourism events such as conferences, incentive travel, major events, corporate retreats and meetings.